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Logistics the biggest headache for India’s food and drink SMEs

Logistics infrastructure is the major stumbling block hampering the efforts of India’s food and beverage SMEs as they seek to expand and tap into growing consumer demand, business leaders have...

Official hails Indonesia’s F&B industry as ‘strongest in Asean’

A senior Indonesian official has proclaimed his country’s food and beverage industry as the strongest competition in the burgeoning Asean Economic Community.


Paper Boat invests in R&D for more trendy beverage flavours

Hip beverage brand Paper Boat has budged INR130m (US$2m) for research and development at a new science and technology facility in its native Bangalore.


Demand for plant-protein drinks spurs boom for healthy sweeteners

After a golden decade for China’s beverage industry came to a close in 2012 —a period during which it saw consistent 20% growth—just one mainstream drinks segment currently stands out,...

Nestlé announces new $43m Philippines plant to produce Milo ingredient

Nestlé’s Philippines operation is investing PHP2bn (US$43m) in a new plant south of Manila to manufacture a key ingredient for its popular Milo fortified chocolate drink. 

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Coca-Cola fined following health inspection at Vietnamese factories

Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam has been fined for various violations, including the manufacture of food supplements without the required safety certificates, following an inspection carried out by the health ministry last...

Beans distributor reveals plan to tap into China’s coffee-shop culture

Gourmet coffee wholesaler DTS8 Coffee Company has plans to expand into the world’s fastest growing coffee-shop market by acquiring existing coffee chains. 

Balancing the binges: We Are Tea ‘everyday good’ range taps into Millennial trends

We Are Tea is the latest functional tea brand to tap into the Millenial generation's search for products that offset eating indulgences, according to an analyst. 

AptarGroup celebrates Nestlé partnership deals despite ‘financially challenging’ Q2

AptarGroup is celebrating product launches with Nestle Canada on its Nestea liquid tea concentrate and development of a custom jar lid for Nescafe Taster’s Choice ground coffee, but admits the...

Future of craft beer is just getting started, Hopsteiner brew expert believes

Craft beer represents roughly 10% of the total production of beer, which Bill Elkins, craft brewery account manager of western US and Canada for Hopsteiner, views as “tremendous potential.”

Metal packaging sees big shift in smaller volume, higher value craft beers and ales

Challenging recycling targets and an increase in domestic products in countries such as China, India and Brazil, has led to a 'new freedom in the beverage can market', according to Smithers Pira....

Dairy packaging major increases production in Punjab

A border town in Punjab has played host to the opening of a Rs1bn (US$14.9m) fully-integrated aseptic beverage manufacturing facility. 

Naturally technicolored beverages will emerge as next big trend, Mintel predicts

Technicolor product launches are an emerging trend among beverage startups and mainstream brands alike, serving as a legitimate marketing tool for reaching a digital audience. 

Vero Water targets restaurant diners, offering affordable premium bottled water

Vero Water believes it can make ordering premium bottled water at a restaurant as common place as ordering tap water through its in-house water filtration and bottling technology. 

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Frost & Sullivan: ‘More dairy companies will expand into the dairy alternative category to offset flat liquid milk sales’

More dairy companies will look to expand into the dairy alternative category to offset flat liquid milk sales and take advantage of the +15% compound annual growth rate witnessed by...

Diageo delves into non-alcoholic spirits with Seedlip investment

Diageo-funded Distill Ventures has confirmed its investment in Seedlip, a distilled non-alcoholic spirit brand located in the UK. 

Coconut Beach competes on quality and price with ¢99 coconut water

Coconut Beach is aiming to break down the perception that coconut-based beverages have to retail at a higher price point by selling products across its entire beverage line for $0.99. 

Asi Tea taps into yerba mate drinker market with ‘less bitter’ RTD tea

Founder of Asi Tea Company, Lou Thomann, describes tea brewed from the Yaupon tree as a “local version of mate” and believes it can capture an even broader consumer audience. ...


C&C ties up third Asia-Pacific distribution deal in two months

C&C Group has announced yet another new distribution partnership to distribute more of its portfolio brands in Asia with the signing of an agreement with InterBev in Singapore, a subsidiary...

US consumers seek hydration over energy from RTD teas, Mintel analyst says

Roughly half of consumers wanted a tea that was healthy and hydrating compared to just 26% of consumers who wanted an energizing tea, when asked to create their ideal RTD...

Tickle Water brings unsweetened sparkling water for kids to market

Tickle Water has launched its unsweetened sparkling water in the US, responding to a need to "make water fun" for children.

C&C continues beer expansion in China with Tennent’s distribution deal

C&C Group has signed its fourth strategic partnership in recent months with a new distribution agreement with Vandergeeten to distribute its Tennent’s portfolio in China. 

URC Vietnam investigated for excess lead in soft drinks

Vietnam’s health ministry has blocked the sale of five containers of green tea and energy drinks manufactured by the local unit of a leading Philippines food and beverage firm, claiming...

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You’ve got fax: Monster mashed in EU trademark battle

Monster Energy Company has lost a trademark battle with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for the wording ‘Green Beans’ following a three year argument over a lost fax.

What will global beverage consumption look like in 2021? Region by region data

Unprecedented growth for Asia beverage market

Asia’s beverage market will experience unprecedented growth, taking two-thirds of global incremental consumption by 2021, according to figures from Canadean.

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